I see that Mr Johnson is gone. But in his absence, here's some interesting poll data to look at:http://www.pollingreport.com/race.htm
Gallup Poll. N=1,385 adults nationwide (MoE ± 3), including, with oversamples, 821 non-Hispanic whites (MoE ± 4), 241 blacks (MoE ± 7), and 266 Hispanics (MoE ± 7). Interviewing was June 12-15, 2003, for non-Hispanic whites, and June 12-18, 2003, for blacks and Hispanics.
"Do you generally favor or oppose affirmative action programs for racial minorities?"
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
ALL 49 43 8
Non-Hispanic whites 44 49 7
Blacks 70 21 9
Hispanics 63 28 9
As you can see from this data, African-Americans and Hispanics support AA by 49 and 35 point margins, respectively. Non-Hispanic whites are much more closely divided, with a slight plurality opposed to race-based AA.
BUT, when you change the text of the question being asked to this:
"Which comes closer to your view about evaluating students for admission into a college or university? Applicants should be admitted solely on the basis of merit, even if that results in few minority students being admitted. OR, An applicant's racial and ethnic background should be considered to help promote diversity on college campuses, even if that means admitting some minority students who otherwise would not be admitted." Options rotated
% % %
ALL 69 27 4
Non-Hispanic whites 75 22 3
Blacks 44 49 7
Hispanics 59 36 5 Surprise, surprise. A slim plurality of blacks support race-based AA in college admissions. Solid majorities of non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics oppose it, with 69% of the overall US population favoring a strict merit admissions policy.
Now this question really puzzled me:
"If two equally qualified students, one white and one black, applied to a major U.S. college or university, who do you think would have the better chance of being accepted to the college: the white student, the black student [options rotated] -- or would they have the same chance?"
% % % %
ALL 31 29 36 4
Non-Hispanic whites 24 34 38 4
Blacks 67 5 24 4
Hispanics 44 14 38 4 Do sizeable majorities of blacks and hispanics really think that the white person is more likely than the black person to be admitted to an American college if they have equal qualifications? Wow, I'm speechless.
How about this interesting question result?
"Do you think only a few black people dislike whites, many black people dislike whites, or almost all black people dislike whites?"
Few Many Almost
% % % % %
ALL 52 38 6 1 3
Non-Hispanic whites 52 39 5 1 3
Blacks 54 38 5 1 2
Hispanics 53 31 10 1 5
Apparently 37% of the country(well there's MoE as well) thinks that either many or all blacks dislike whites. 45% of blacks share this opinion.